These are my blocks for this month's Sweet Land of Liberty sew-along hosted by Lori of Humble Quilts. Thank you, Lori!
I love this quilt for the challenges it offers me as a new-to-primitive-style quilter. The casualness is probably really good for me even though it feels (maybe) a little stressful at times.
I wasn't sure I'd enjoy making the Snail's Trail blocks but they
turned out to be fun, if just a little time consuming with so many seams
and presses between. They make me think of ocean waves, perfect for a quilt called Sweet Land of Liberty, which makes me think of the song, "America," in which we sing "from sea to shining sea."
I don't enjoy making the
Economy blocks much but I love them when they're finished. I might love
them so much that I'll make a whole quilt of them. You'd think that a block with 8 seams would be a piece of cake to make, but lining up the triangles required care and was time consuming.
I'm looking forward to the time when I have sections of this quilt that can be sewn together. Those who started the quilt in January are half finished. I may not finish "on time" but I'll work to catch up and eventually finish.
I love the unpretentiousness of this quilt. It doesn't take itself too seriously, adapts to imperfections, and encourages a bit of improvisation when needed. I think Cheri Payne was a masterful quilter and quilt designer. As I work on this quilt I am impressed with how she made things fit together yet kept the casual, primitive look. Unpretentious, yes, but also very busy. There will be so much to look at when it's finished.
This is a quilt I know I would not have made without the support and encouragement of others working on it at the same time. Again, thank you, Loir.